|Mindanao is Bleeding
Unleashing the Dogs of War
The Abuja Islamic Education Trust
Islam Through E-Mail
Fr. Eliseo Mercado, Jr.
Said Sadain, Jr.
faces of Mindanao
Manila Moods Online
Abou-Alsamh, a Saudi-American journalist goes online with his Arab News column on
the world of bugs, the ones that actually bite
Innovative Ideas Design
Angel's artworks grace this issue. Visit her site too.
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Let There Be Peace!
May 4, 2000
Joseph Ejercito Estrada
President of the Philippines
Dear Mr. President,
Greetings of peace from Mindanao!
This peace is what we all long for in this island in the Southern Philippines. But instead
there are the horrors of war. Many killings. Many more wounded. Maybe 150,000 homeless
refugees. So many people are exposed to so much horror as the results of the war take
And overall there is the setback to the economy and tourism. Indeed Mindanao has been set
back economically a good 20 years because of this war.
Hence Mr. President, our people here are appealing to you as Father of the nation: reign
in the dogs of war; silence the guns; declare a ceasefire; restore the peace process.
Establish zones of peace on the buffer areas between the MILF and AFP, with PNP security
under the supervision of the Joint GRP-MILF CCCH. End this senseless war which neither
side can win.
Indeed it deepens the existing divisions in this island of Mindanao. It exacerbates the
feelings of bitterness which threathen any kind of peace.
Enough, and too much, blood has already been shed. And who is to bear responsibility for
all this bloodshed?
We know that Mindanao has not been high on the priorities of successive Manila
Governments. But even so far we appeal to your concern for the stricken people of this
island. They are the victims of a devastating war which, in its turn, will produce greater
whirlwind of violence in the years to come.
Fr. Sean Purcell CSSR
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